Thanks for the quick response. This was the answer I was expecting and wanted to confirm. Someone else told me if my charging sysytem was working properly I could disconnect the battery and the bike would continue to run. Skeptical as I am, I wanted to go to the "pros" on this one.
It will run, but not well, and again, the revs must be sufficient for the charging system to produce enough electricity (2500 to 3000 minimum).... HOWEVER, the Honda system uses the battery as a "buffer" as well as a supply, so running consistantly in that condition will damage the charging components (rectifier first usually)........Generally speaking, the Hondas must have the battery in circuit to function correctly....
The motor will run as long as the revs are up, and I'm pretty sure it doesn't take 3000 RPM. I've had the positive strap connector break on a 450 and on a 500T (twice on that one) isolating the battery and the motor keeps running - but not smoothly or well, and it isn't a good idea to run it that way. Headlight brightness depends on RPM - makes it a lot brighter but probably not for long. Fortunately, I carry with my tool kit a wire with clips on both ends to bypass the part of any circuit that fails (I do take into consideration the age of the machine...), so I was able to jump from the battery post to the solenoid post and have charging and ignition, so I could kick start the bike. That positive connector seems to be a bit of a weak point in the circuit. All of them broke at the 90º bend.
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